I remember visiting this adorable store when it first opened in 2005 and I’ve been smitten ever since. The store has always been adorable and continues to get better and better. They have a great affordable selection of designers and a seriously HUGE collection of jewelry by local designers in the store on 16th street.
I also seriously covet their absurdly huge collection of Woollys. Woollys are these amazing felt pockets that allow you to put plants right on the wall! Candy Store has a huge amount of them and it really draws your eye to the store front.
Really though, the best part of the store is NOT the huge foliage selection, however much I may obsess about Woollys. They have a extremely well curated selection of some truly awesome and unique brands. They carry Rachel Comey shoes, Feral Childe clothing, and one of my personal all-time favorite lines Something Else. They have an amazing men’s selection too and again, very selectively curated with Shades of Grey and beautiful suits by Vanishing Elephant.
I love Candy Store because it carries all these great lines and a ton of jewelry but the selection is nowhere near overwhelming. The owner has a very strong personal palate and it is reflected clearly in her buying. One gets the impression that they are visiting someone’s house and getting to shop their taste.
The shop is also home to a small art gallery in the back, which is a relatively new addition to the store. I’m not sure what the featured artist is right now in the gallery but on their website it is Alyson Fox.
The owner has also just recently opened a new location on Bush and Fillmore which I had the chance to visit more when I worked in that neighborhood. The art behind the sales counter is breathtaking as is the slightly more high-end selection of clothing and jewelry.
And in addition to all this amazing, awe-inspiring goodness, they are now carrying in the 16th Street store my new jewelry line. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have something I made in this amazing space which is seriously on the top of my short list of boutiques in the city.
So if you have a chance to prance down the lovely 16th street above Valencia, home to many other cute stores, hop into Candy Store Collective to see my sweet-ass jewleries!!